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Industry in transition: The defining trends of Internet 2013 (pictures)

Mary Meeker's annual report on Internet trends is always a must-read. Here are the highlights as she puts the spotlight on an industry in the throes of change.

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One of the biggest changes in the past couple of decades: Internet privacy, which has undergone a dramatic transformation -- and not to the benefit of the individual.
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As mobile use expands, there are now 2.4 billion Internet users around the world.
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Most of the big players are companies from the U.S. Most of the users are from abroad.
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Photo uploading and sharing is growing at an extraordinary clip.
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When Google bought YouTube for $1.5 billion, more than a few people thought the search engine was insane to pay that high a price. Judging from these numbers, it turned out to be a wiser acquisition than the naysayers predicted at the time.
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We still haven't fully gauged the impact of newer technologies on how people use video with the Internet.
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At this point in Internet history, the attractiveness of sites based upon shared user feedback is beyond disputation. Just take a gander at the stats in this snapshot -- confirming what has been a years-long trend.
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The social media landscape is a crowded one and getting more so all the time.
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When it comes to online sharing, Americans are far behind No.1 Saudi Arabia.
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When you chart out global mobile traffic as a percentage of overall Internet traffic, the trend lines underscore how rapidly this technology has transformed the industry.
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While Apple continues to see growth in the smartphone market, Samsung's share increases sevenfold.
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The growth of iPads has surpassed that of the iPhone by a huge margin.
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In the past decade, we've watched two technology trends explode out of the gates. Now there's another one in the making and it's coming on strong.
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Yes, it's funny. But laugh off this nascent trend and the last laugh may be on you.
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Traditional industries are being reimagined -- and in some cases, decimated -- by the advent of the mobile Internet. Here's one that's been particularly hard hit.
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And it's not just old-line operations like the U.S. Post Office that are scrambling to coexist in a new world. The same applies to old-line tech companies struggling to meet the challenge posed by iOS and Android.
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Technology consumers in China are embracing the changes wrought by smartphones and the Internet at a faster clip than people in the United States.

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